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Police and Leeds University join forces to protect students from fraud

Officers from the Yorkshire & Humber Regional Organised Crime Unit are teaming up with Leeds University by hosting a ‘Cyber Safe Day’ to raise awareness about staying safe online. 

Cyber Safe Day posterThe event, the first of its kind in the region, will take place Monday 29 April at the Smith Riley theatre at Leeds University, with an aim of advising and educating students on how to recognise a scam and to stay safe online. 

There will be a number of activities for students to try out to improve their fraud awareness, such as the Cyber Escape Room challenge and the new Cyber Blue Light van, as well as information stands.  

Other agencies will also be exhibiting at the event, including Crimestoppers, the British Army, Virgin Money, Leeds Building Society, West Yorkshire Police and West Yorkshire Trading Standards. 

Andy Fox, Counter Fraud Coordinator for the Yorkshire & Humber Regional Organised Crime Unit, said: “Students are particularly targeted by fraudsters who will bombard them with fake job adverts, get rich quick schemes and other scams which result in students losing several thousands of pounds and unable to continue their studies.  

We hope this event will educate students in an interesting and interactive way about the dangers of fraud, how to spot a fraud and how to stay safe.” 

Lilly Butt, Head of Wellbeing & Partnerships at Leeds University Union, said: “Ensuring the safety of our student community is paramount. We are delighted to collaborate with the Yorkshire & Humber Regional Organised Crime Unit in hosting the ‘Cyber Safe Day’ at LUU.  

This event aims to equip our students with the knowledge and skills to protect themselves from online fraud. We are grateful for the participation of partner agencies.” 

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